Less than a week left until my favorite "live" television event of the year! The 81st annual Academy Awards telecast will take place on Sunday, February 22nd on ABC starting at 5pm Pacific. It will be hosted by Hugh Jackman this year, an odd, but interesting choice which may lead to a more serious Oscar telecast than past events where comedians and quipsters have held the helm.
In anticipation of the upcoming special, which is so highly revered by many of our Flaming Nose bloggers, it is practically a religious holiday, I have decided to post pictures from a few "classic" Oscar telecast moments. We love movies and we love celebrities, but at the end of the day this event is truly about the increasingly rare glory of live television. It's the TV equivalent of a "loose cannon" . The possibility that anything bizarre, crazy or even naughty can happen makes this special simultaneously exciting and "cringe-worthy". Who will wear a crazy dress like that one Cher sported back in the 70's? Or Bjork's glorious swan outfit! Who will say something appalling like Sally Fields, "You like me! You really, really like me!"? Who will send an emissary to pick up the statue like Marlon Brando did with Sacheen Littlefeather, who claimed to be an Apache. Turns out she wasn't any kind of Native American. I think she might have been of Italian American descent. Which actually makes more sense because Mr. Brando was winning for The Godfather!
Sometimes it's the smaller strange moments that stand out in our pantheon of Oscar favorite's. In 1986, the fabulous Geraldine Page won best actress for A Trip to Bountiful. She had a very erratic hairdo which made Lisa and I comment that it looked like the cats had been playing with her hair before she came on stage.
The Oscar's used to be a lot more clever when spontaneous weirdness prevailed. The pinnacle of Oscar wit was David Niven's response to a streaker where he noted without batting an eye that the gentleman had gone a long way to display his "shortcomings".
I have been trying to find a video of these wonderful moments to post here but every single one of them has had the embed disabled. So if you want to relive past Oscar moments, visit ABC's Oscar Time Line. There are many terrific pictures and videos on this website, as well as a "pick the winner" contest.
So ladies and gents, get your ballots filled out, make sure the bean dip and the chips are ready...we are just a mere 6 days away from that glorious annual moment when we'll hear the magic words: "May I have the envelope please"! Hooray!